verb (used without object), be·came, be·come, be·com·ing.
verb (used with object), be·came, be·come, be·com·ing.
Origin of become
Related Words for become ofemerge, derive, end, appear, rise, culminate, emanate, stem, produce, arise, follow, grow, ensue, occur, proceed, hit, materialize, develop, transpire, fall
verb -comes, -coming, -came or -come (mainly intr)
Word Origin for become
Old English becuman "happen, come about," also "meet with, arrive," from Proto-Germanic *bikweman "become" (cf. Dutch bekomen, Old High German biqueman "obtain," German bekommen, Gothic biquiman). A compound of be- and come; it drove out Old English weorðan. Meaning "to look well" is early 14c., from earlier sense of "to agree with, be fitting" (early 13c.).
Happen to, befall, be the fate of, as in I haven't seen Joe in a year; what has become of his book? The King James Bible has this idiom (Genesis 37:20): “We shall see what will become of his dreams.” [Late 1500s]
In addition to the idiom beginning with become
- become of
, also see idioms beginning with